I made these felt & fabric gift card holders last year for Christmas & am creating them again this year. In fact, I’m going to create a surplus so it will save me some work next year. Gift cards can feel impersonal, so these holders add a homemade touch and make the gift more special.
My sewing skills are pretty limited, so I love that this project is very basic. You use minimal fabric (=minimal measuring) & scraps are perfect for the lining.
If you have some budding crafters at home, this would be a great project for them. You can use this project to teach them how to use scraps, coordinate colors/prints and basic sewing techniques.
This year, I’m making mine with seasonal fabric & colors, but last year I used standard prints so the holders could be re-used after Christmas. My sister loved hers because it was crafted just for her (purple felt with black & white zebra print fabric) and she used it well after redeeming the gift card. These holders would be perfect for storing gum, business cards, money, keys, etc.
Learn how to make these after the jump.
Fabric (I prefer calico & something with a pattern)
Thread (I like use a color that’s contrasting to the felt )
Flexible sew-on velcro
1. Measure & cut panels:
Outside: 1 felt panel at 4″ x 5.5″
Pockets: 2 felt panels at 2″ x 4″
Lining: 1 fabric panel (I like calico) at 4″ x 5.5″
2. With the pinking shears, trim the top (long) edge of each felt pocket panel.
3. Sew velcro to the right side of the felt pocket panels. I just eye the panels & place them in the middle, but you could be precise by marking this point at 1″ x 2″.
4. Pin the wrong sides of the larger felt panel & the fabric panel together.
5. Pin the felt pocket panels to the felt/fabric panel, the wrong side of the pockets facing the right side of the lining.
6. Sew a 1/4″ seam around the outer edges of the entire piece.
7. Trim the outer edges with the pinking shears.
Add a crease in the middle by ironing, if desired. You can also add embellishments like ribbon, buttons, or bells to the outside if you wish.